Turkish embassy marks national day [Archives:2005/883/Local News]

October 6 2005

The Turkish embassy in sanaa held Sunday evening a grand reception party in celebration of Turkish national day attended by a host of Yemenis social ,political and media figures .

The reception party was also attended by a number of arab and foreign diplomats and representatives of regional and international organizations .

The Turkish ambassador H.E. Ambassador Turel zkaro

delivered a welcome speech saying

Honorable Minister, Excellencies, Distinguished Guests,

I am honored to welcome you at the Turkish Embassy on the occasion of the Turkish National Day. I also would like to thank you all for coming to celebrate this very special day with us.

My special gratitude goes to H.E. Dr. Ali Mohamed Mujawwer, Minister of Fisheries, for being with us this evening.

Please allow me to say a few words about Yemen, as well as about Turkish-Yemeni relations.

Yemen has achieved so much in the past decade. Furthermore, by advancing so far such a short time, Yemen has set an example for many other countries in its region and beyond. We are closely observing Yemen's efforts to implement political and economic reforms, its fight against terrorism and its endeavors to bring security and stability to the Horn of Africa. Needless to say, Turkey stands ready to support Yemen in these commendable efforts.

In a recent and very encouraging development, Turkey, Yemen and Italy have joined forces in the Democracy Assistance Dialogue, which was initiated after the 2004 G-8 Summit held in the United States. Our support to Yemen in this area will continue.

All in all, I am proud to be able to state that relations between our two countries have gained serious momentum and are moving towards a high level of cooperation which will benefit both Yemen and Turkey.

Bilateral trade between the two countries has been steadily on the rise for the past 4 years. Some weeks ago we concluded a very successful Joint Economic Committee meeting. We are continuing to search for ways to further strengthen the economic and trade relations between Turkey and Yemen.

As you know, H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdo_an, Prime Minister of Turkey, will be visiting Yemen towards the end of this month, at the invitation of H.E. President Saleh This visit will be the first of its kind after Turkish Prime Minister zal's trip in 1987. We have a very different, yet extremely ripe political environment today. I believe our Prime Minister's visit will provide both countries with many new opportunities for cooperation.

I would also like to make special reference to Yemen's solidarity and political support for Turkey in a wide range of areas, and to convey our gratitude. Yemen's brotherly approach provides the single most important indication of the closeness of our relations.

In closing, please allow me to thank all of you once again for your attendance here tonight. Enjoy yourselves.